Shakespeare in Stratford-upon Avon
Shakespeare in Stratford-upon AvonShakespeare is one of the world's most recognisable names and the influence of his works can still be seen today, more than 400 years after his death.
On this five-day walking tour of Shakespeare's hometown, you'll be led by expert Amelia Marriette to investigate the Bard's early life and teenage years, the influence of his family and his legacy across the centuries.
Not only do we step inside the buildings that were part of Shakespeare's life, but we also walk the fields and enjoy the scenery that played such an important role in his formative years.
And our tour includes a performance of one of Shakespeare's wonderful plays by the famed Royal Shakespeare Company, and a guided visit to experience the RSC Tour at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, which will take you “behind-the-scenes” to wardrobe, the lighting booths, and the audio description room. aywrights who were based in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Locations you'll visit on this tour
- Shakespeare’s Birthplace Museum
- Anne Hathaway’s Cottage & garden
- Hall’s Croft, the home of Shakespeare’s daughter
- New Place, site of Shakespeare’s last home
- The playwright's grave at Holy Trinity Church
- Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Please note that due to COVID restrictions outside of our control, the places we visit on any tour may change. If this happens, we will replace with an appropriate alternative.
This four-night tour costs from £1,299 per person, based on two sharing if you are taking part in the tours, and from £999 if you are not taking part in the daily tours.
There is no single supplement for individuals staying in single rooms, and a small extra charge for individuals in twin or double rooms.
Included in your holiday
- Expert guide
- Boutique hotel accommodation
- Entry to all locations
- Breakfast and dinner each day
Available dates3 May 2022 - BOOK HERE
28 August 2022 – BOOK HERE
Numbers are limited, reserve your place with a low 10% deposit and enjoy the full flexibility of our COVID guarantee of a full refund or we’ll move your booking a later if your tour has to be cancelled as a result of Government restrictions or local closures.
Please note, that we require a minimum of five guests for this tour to go ahead. If this number is not reached within four weeks of the departure date we reserve the right to cancel the tour and will offer you a full refund or the chance to move your booking to a later date.
AccommodationYou'll be spending much of your time exploring sights and attractions with your tour expert, so when you return to your hotel we know how important it is to be somewhere you can relax and refresh in comfort.
For this tour, you'll be staying in a boutique hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon. You'll have everything you need for a comfortable night's sleep with rooms that are ensuite and facilities including a TV, radio and complimentary wifi.
Each day we'll provide meeting times for tours, meals and evening activities, leaving you with time to enjoy your hotel or explore locally.
Your booking includes:
- Ensuite room with tea & coffee facilities and wifi
- Breakfast and a two course dinner (soft drinks included)
There are extra charges for all food outside of breakfast and dinner.
Our tours are perfect for solo travellers who want to expand their knowledge and understanding of a subject, and prefer the choice of being as solitary or social as you like.
Solo travellers welcome
Each tour is a journey of an independent mind – fellow travellers will be intelligent, well-read, knowledgeable and like-minded people, and a mutual interest in a particular topic can lead to life-long friendships.
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Options for non-touring partnersIf you have a partner who would like to explore Stratford-upon-Avon but doesn’t share your interest in the Bard, they are welcome to book a place without taking part in the daily tours.
They'll be welcomed to our group breakfasts, and evening meals and activities, and can spend their days exploring the incredible sights of this 800-year-old town.
There is a diverse range of shops, restaurants and attractions to explore, and long walks to enjoy through the surrounding Warwickshire countryside.
Away from the Shakespeare-linked sites, highlights include Stratford’s attractive canal basin, where visitors can hire row boats and take boats trips along the River Avon. Another peaceful option is Stratford’s beautiful Butterfly Farm, where there are hundreds of species enjoying the exotic plants and waterfalls.
For a change of pace, the MAD Museum focus on mechanical art and design with weird and wacky installations and inventions, such as mechanical birds and intricate marble runs, from artists around the globe.
Below is our daily itinerary for this tour:
Check-in to our hotel for the tour and begin with an introductory talk about Stratford and Shakespeare from your guide, Amelia Marriette. We then delve into Shakespeare’s early life with visits to his Birthplace Museum, Grammar School and Guild Hall and learn about the importance and influence of Shakespeare’s father on his life.
For day two, we enter Shakespeare’s Teenage Years with a walk from Stratford Town Centre to the town of Shottery where we’ll find Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. She was to become his wife, and it is easy to imagine this is a journey the playwright himself completed many times. After enjoying this wonderful town and the delightful cottage and its glorious gardens, we head back to Stratford.
For our third day we explore Shakespeare’s Family Life by visiting Hall’s Croft, which was the home of Shakespeare’s daughter and her husband Dr Hall. We then head to New Place, which is a museum with restored gardens period gardens and the foundations of Shakespeare’s last home. We finish the day with a visit to Shakespeare’s grave at Holy Trinity Church.
We find out more about the Bard’s incredible legacy with an introductory talk about the Royal Shakespeare Company where Amelia worked for 5 years. This will be followed by an early evening meal and an evening performance at RSC (7.15pm start).
For our final day, over breakfast, we can discuss the performance seen the evening before. We will then return to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre for the RSC Tour with an RSC employee at 11.15am. This is a great opportunity to understand the re-modelling of the theatre complex first hand. To see how the old and new has been melded together at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. You’ll see the original walls from the art deco building inside the new structure. The tour also takes you “behind-the-scenes” to wardrobe, the lighting booths, and the audio description room.